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Monday 11 December 2017

Boy flees in car-snatch nightmare

TERROR: School warns parents

Gardai are investigating a report of an alleged child abduction bid near a Dublin school.

Officers received a report that a man in a red saloon car pulled up beside a student at the Village Estate close to Porterstown Road, Clonsilla, at 8.25am on Thursday.

It was reported to officers that the occupant of the car was a bald man in his late 30s who was wearing a black jumper.

The alleged incident happened close to St Mochta's primary school and the child ran from the scene before informing teachers, who contacted gardai. The school authorities notified gardai in Blanchardstown who are investigating the incident.

A garda patrol car was observed outside the school as children went to class yesterday morning.







Principal

It is understood that the boy at the centre of the allegation is "upset".

After the incident, the school principal at St Mochta's sent parents a text message to inform them of the situation.

The text message read: "Be aware -- this morning we had an attempted abduction of a child at the entrance to the Village estate on Porterstown Road which is very close to our school.

"Teachers will speak to the children in all classes today. Please speak with your child also."

Commenting on the situation, a source told the Herald: "Gardai get reports of hundreds of incidents like this every year -- in most cases there seems to be very little to them."

kfoy@herald.ie

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